Ray Johnson Book Launch at MoMA Library


September 3rd, 2014

Johnson_DiptychArtwork by Ray Johnson. Courtesy of the Ray Johnson Estate and Richard L. Feigen & Co.


Seize the last chance to see the exhibition “Ray Johnson Designs”

and join us to celebrate Siglio’s newest publication


Not Nothing: Selected Writings

by Ray Johnson, 1954-1994

Edited by Elizabeth Zuba with an essay by Kevin Killian

at the


Wednesday, September 24, 6 – 8 p.m.

Cullman Education and Research Building, 4 West 54th Street, 6th floor.

RSVP: library(at)moma.org

Download PDF invite.


Because Johnson’s mail art is epistolary, and likely considered more of a reading than a looking experience, it’s visibility in museums is fairly low, which makes the arrival of “Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson, 1954-1994,” from Siglio Press, a real boon. But more than filling a gap, the book crackles with intellectual energy, with enough drawings and mini-collages embedded in its reproduced texts to hold even a nonreader’s attention. Most important, it fills out the picture of what and who Johnson was: a brilliant, uncontainable polymath, an artist-poet, the genuine item.

—Holland Cotter, New York Times


And don’t miss Ray Johnson: Nothing vs. Nothing with Mark Bloch and Elizabeth Zuba, Sunday, September 28 at noon in The Classroom at the New York Art Book Fair. Stop by to say hello to Siglio, too, in Room O at Table 01!